Over at Maisonneuve is an article entitled “No Choice.” The authors, Andrea Bennett and Kim Fu, review the state of the pro-life movement. They have a lot to say and some of the information appears to be correct, but I thought I’d poke at two points they make.
It’s a long article. Feel free to read it yourself and note anything else of interest in our comments section.
1. Abortions capped at 24 weeks
According to the authors, “Strict physicians’ guidelines cap abortions at twenty-four weeks.” I know someone who looked for these guidelines last year. The poor guy spent weeks trying to find provincial and territorial physicians’ colleges’ guidelines on abortion and then more time trying to piece together what they generally “encourage.” A number of colleges admitted that they had no abortion policy at all. The CMA doesn’t have “strict” guidelines either.
The authors are wrong on this point.
And is the authors’ imaginary cut-off point of 24 weeks something to celebrate? This is what a child looks like at 24 weeks, or six months. Even if you dismiss the argument that all humans, regardless of their age or stage of development, have inherent worth and dignity for simply being human beings, this ain’t no clump of cells. This is a child.
2. Crisis Pregnancy Centres are notoriously litigious
The authors claim “CPCs are also notoriously litigious.” As one of the very few lawyers in Canada who specializes in what I’ve come to loosely call “sanctity of human life issues,” I can assure the authors that CPCs are not litigious. To confirm what I already knew, I just ran a Google search. Little if anything pops up. On what are they basing this statement?
And excuse me as I howl with laughter at the thought of the centres being “notoriously litigious.” Yes, those crazy pro-lifers and their buckets of money – money collected from ye olde money tree in the parking lot. Money that they then throw at their team of lawyers. Lawyers they keep on retainer and on-call, to address any perceived slight. Yes, that sure sounds like the reality of non-profit and charitable organizations everywhere.
And to support their claim, they provide a single example.
Did the authors research and determine the number of Pregnancy Care Centres across the country? And then determine how long they’ve generally had their doors open? And then determine how many lawsuits have been launched by said centres in that period of time?
Who fact-checked this article? Or approved the use of the word “notorious”?
Check out the article for yourself and let me know what you think.by